It can be tough to receive your children to drive three and a half hours for a quick weekend visit. This couple ditched their downtown Minneapolis attic and a lake home that had been quite a drive from town. They split the difference, building an urbane yet comfy full-time house on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

Interior designer Brandi Hagen of Eminent Interior Design custom designed furniture to match the design, chose exquisite materials and finishes, and got really smart with vinyl background (more on that later). The results are amazing and relaxing interiors with loads of room for games, gathering, having meals together and enjoying views of the pond.

in a Glance
Who lives here: A retired couple
Location: Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms

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The couple lives on the home level, which comprises the living area, the kitchen, the dining area, an office and a master suite. The lower level has three guest suites, a large great room, a wine cellar and a bar.

Hagen designed the curved shadow to match the area. “From the sofa there’s a great view of the fireplace, the TV and the lake,” she says. “The curve plays really nicely and keeps the traffic pattern going.”

Hagen also designed the coffee table with an pie-shape ottoman and the carpet. The clients’ color combination is cinnabar and turquoise, therefore Hagen worked it in through the home.

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Because the flooring were walnut, Hagen functioned in some high-gloss white cabinets as opposed in the kitchen; she played with several different compositions of walnut and white.

“While I love various kinds of countertops, this island had lots of motion, and therefore it had to be granite,” says Hagen. Sliding aluminum doors on the island, mirrored glass on the octagonal table and a glass mosaic backsplash round out the material palette.

Counters: white Alaskan granite

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In this stone box powder room, an extra-high backspash shows off the wonderful veins from your onyx and provides a place to mount the faucet. “Everybody freaks out whenever they reach the walls,” says Hagen. “It appears that glass mosaic tile, however it is really a vinyl wall covering.”

Hint: Consider beyond conventional backsplash heights, particularly once you’ve got a basin sink. It would have been a shame to cut on this gorgeous stone off at just a couple of inches.

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The dining room faces the front lawn. “This perspective rivals that of this lake,” says Hagen. “The home is set back from the road, so all you see will be grass and attractive trees.”

The homeowners had the carpet, dining table and art; Hagen used them for colour inspiration. She added silk striped side panels beside the blue seats, which can be vinyl and the windows. “If you are going to go with turquoise, why bother using leather?” She says. “Plus, they’ve grandchildren coming to supper. The main aspect was that the seats be quite comfortable.”

The light fixture is made of handmade paper, and its own silhouette picks up on additional bottoms found round the home.

Chairs: Bernhardt

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The husband’s office also enjoys views of the front lawn from the main level. Credenza and A walnut desk include a masculine touch. Hagen reupholstered the clients’ existing lounge chairs and ottoman in kiwi green chenille in order to add colour and texture. She picked up on the seats’ details through the Arco floor lamp.

Painting: Jimali

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From the master bedroom, Hagen responded to the ceilings with a great deal of bold horizontal lines and a custom headboard that stands up to the scale of this room.

On the bedding and the carpet, watery turquoise mimics the colours of this lake. “The client thought a zebra turquoise carpet was a really wild move, but it is actually quite elegant because we retained the rest of the room quite straightforward,” she clarifies.

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Hagen used mineral colors in the master bath, such as a labradorite/Blue River stone counter tops and aventurine tile flooring. An elegant striated stripe of marble cuts through the floor, along with a curbless threshold to the shower and the shower up wall.

The cabinets are walnut; Hagen comprised the wood-covered corner to split things up. She admits that “corners such as this one are tough to handle; it can go quite ’80s really quickly.” They opted to keep the shelves open within a installing more cabinets, because the clients said they had more than enough storage.

Hint: When designing a home you intend to grow old in, think carefully about classic style. Universal design features in this home include the curbless shower, and the couple can live solely on the main floor.

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Continuing on to the lower guest degree of the home, two queen beds with upholstered headboards and spring green walls create an inviting area for seeing toddlers.

The door, like the rest of the doors on this floor, has an inset coated using a crocodile-embossed vinyl background. “We looked in all kinds of very expensive leather-wrapped doors, but at the end we saved tens of thousands of dollars by getting those doors stained and finished to match this crocodile wall covering,” says Hagen.

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One of the guest suites includes a floating vanity, which can be contemporary and makes the space feel larger. Hagen shining the mirror to some frame of glass mosaic tiles. The tiles are a more modern interpretation of this crocodile pattern.

The floor tiles are 12 inches by 24 inches and have metallic flecks in them.

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Cherner stools pull up offering a perfect place for wine tasting. The cabinets are rift-cut oak. The backsplash and doors are coated in the exact same faux croc wallcovering as the guest suite doorway.

A glass door allows one to examine the wine cellar, where the old-world look of stone meets modern metal wine racks, positioned so the labels are on screen rather than the corks.

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Stripes and the combo of cinnabar and light turquoise continue through to the guest degree.

This great room provides a lot of space for relaxing, napping, watching TV, playing cards, playing pool, sipping some wine, reading — any favorite weekend activity can happen here. Because the home is so much closer to town, the owners like gathering with family a whole lot more frequently than they used to.

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